Identification of Test Materials and Test Plan for Improved Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Face Piece Lenses

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D11PC20147
Agency Tracking Number: 1111033
Amount: $99,702.06
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB011.1-006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MPR Associates, Inc.
320 King Street Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, 22314-3230
DUNS: 047271358
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Hillaert
 (703) 519-0550
Business Contact
 Ricardo Camacho
Phone: (703) 519-0454
Research Institution
Currently, SCBA lenses are made from high-heat polycarbonate with a maximum service temperature rating of 275 deg F to 383 deg F. However, first responders may encounter temperatures due to fire reaching 1000 deg F to 1400 deg F at face level with a heat flux density of about 2.2 W/sq-cm. Developing a more durable, high-heat resistant lens will significantly improve firefighter safety and enable firefighters to function effectively in more severe environments than with current SCBAs. MPR Associates, Inc. will work with Scott Health and Safety to identify candidate test materials based on the material`s ability to provide increased durability, clarity, resistance to impacts, and improved heat resistance. A test plan and test procedures will be developed based on current and future (i.e., planned) industry accepted standards (e.g., NIOSH, NFPA, EN). Testing will emphasize the ability of test materials to withstand the extreme heat generated by compartmentalized fires. Commercialization of a high temperature face piece will take advantage of the economy of scale due to the potentially large government and commercial customer base, thus providing a viable improvement for DHS and other users of SCBAs. The improved face piece also could be back-fit to SCBAs currently in use.

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